- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Yearling; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (March 14, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440421705
- ISBN-13: 978-0440421702
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,034 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In his first novel for a younger audience, Carl Hiaasen (Basket Case, etc.) plunges readers right into the middle of an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-up adult system. Hiaasen's tongue is firmly in cheek as he successfully cuts his slapstick sense of humor down to kid-size. Sure to be a hoot, er, hit with middle school mystery fans. (Ages 10 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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With a Florida setting and proenvironment, antidevelopment message, Hiaasen (Sick Puppy) returns to familiar turf for his first novel for young readers. Characteristically quirky characters and comic twists will surely gain the author new fans, though their attention may wander during his narrative's intermittently protracted focus on several adults, among them a policeman and the manager of a construction site for a new franchise of a pancake restaurant chain. Both men are on a quest to discover who is sabotaging the site at night, including such pranks as uprooting survey stakes, spray-painting the police cruiser's windows while the officer sleeps within and filling the portable potties with alligators. The story's most intriguing character is the boy behind the mischief, a runaway on a mission to protect the miniature owls that live in burrows underneath the site. Roy, who has recently moved to Florida from Montana, befriends the homeless boy (nicknamed Mullet Fingers) and takes up his cause, as does the runaway's stepsister. Though readers will have few doubts about the success of the kids' campaign, several suspenseful scenes build to the denouement involving the sitcom-like unraveling of a muckity-muck at the pancake house. These, along with dollops of humor, help make the novel quite a hoot indeed. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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I should have been a bit more diligent. The four I ordered [SCAT, CHOMP, HOOT and FLUSH] are all "young adult books".
I have now read all four and they were very good. I am now passing them on to my grand children. Good plots and characters. Great messages and all very good reads.
Still, ithe story is remarkeably unchallenging either intellectually or for one's imagination. Many of the characters are stereotypical caricatures, the kind we might encounter in an animated TV cartoon. There are real life stories (of wildlife protection) that are better to read.
This is a review by an adult. I picked up this book because I am interested in the Miami area and was looking for portrayals of the area. I had hoped for something special from Carl Hiaasen, the author of Hoot, since he was a Miami Herald reporter for several decades, and thus as familiar with the local scene as , say, Raymond Chandler was of Los Angeles, or Steig Larsen is of Stockholm. But whereas these other authors capture the quintessential and distinguishing character of their surroundings, in the case of Hoot, the neighborhood where the action takes place has little or no personality, indeed it could be almost anywhere in suburban America, wherever you find single-family homes on residential streets adjacent to strip development with the occasional still-unbuilt lot. And that is a shame, because the Miami Area, with its cultural diversity, is quite unique, and Carl's book would have been so much more interesting if he had captured some of this local color. The same could be said about the weather, Why doesn't Carl tell us about the moments of blazing sun, and the rolling dark clouds, the heat and humidity and the thunderstorms, the coolness and breezes at night, and the dependence on air-conditioning, all of which would have made the action all the more real,